How Dental Implants Work – Seguin, TX

Experience Your Entire Tooth Replacement in One Office

Replacing teeth via dental implants is extremely effective, especially when you have the entire process being managed by a highly trained team you can trust. Dr. David Earnest has the experience necessary to ensure your tooth replacement procedure is smooth and predictable from start to finish. Since every step is conveniently performed in one practice, you won’t have to make multiple trips around town just to get it done! Of course, if you have questions about the overall procedure, we’re here to help! For an in-person consultation, feel free to contact us today.

Initial Dental Implant Consultation

An older couple smiling and hugging outside. When you first arrive for your consultation, we’ll need to perform a highly detailed examination of your mouth and your bone tissue. Before you can complete any type of oral surgery, let alone implant placement, you need to have all oral health concerns handled first. This includes gum disease, tooth decay, or other problems that could complicate your implant treatment. Furthermore, you’ll need to have sufficient bone volume so the implants can integrate effectively with your jaw. Through digital X-ray technology, we’ll be able to confirm your eligibility for treatment, then begin planning your treatment from there.

Dental Implant Surgery

An older woman at her dental implant consultation.

During the actual surgery, your mouth will be numbed so you do not feel any discomfort during the actual treatment. Upon administering the local anesthetic, we’ll create a small incision in your gum tissue in order to access the bone underneath. After making room for the titanium implant, we’ll place it directly into your jaw and then seal it up so that it can begin to heal. In the event that you choose Same Day Teeth to restore your smile, you can walk out of the office with a temporary denture the same day that your implants are placed.

Dental Implant Osseointegration & Abutment 

An older man learning about the dental implant process.

Over the next several months, your dental implant(s) will need to undergo a healing phase known as osseointegration. This is the process in which dental implants physically bond with your jaw bone, ensuring a lasting foundation and a tooth replacement you can truly rely on. After this initial healing phase is completed (which usually takes four to six months), you’ll come back to our office to have an abutment placed. This acts as a foundation for your eventual restoration, whether it’s a single crown, implant-retained bridge or denture. Once the abutment is placed, we’ll allocate an additional few weeks for the gum tissue to heal around it.

Placement of Dental Implant Restorations 

An older woman examining her smile with a dentist.

During your final appointment, we’ll cover the implant with your dedicated restoration. All restorations are made from tooth and gum-colored materials, so you can have confidence in your smile’s appearance moving forward. If you chose our Same Day Teeth procedure, your temporary denture will be replaced with a permanent version. During placement, we’ll make sure that you are satisfied with how it looks before you leave our practice. Caring for your tooth replacement is as simple as practicing consistent oral care and making time to visit the dentist for routine exams and cleanings.